Industry Certifications

 Certification

 Competency Area

How is it earned? 

Cost 

Benefit to B,M & IT Program

Benefit To Students

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) A Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification helps validate proficiency in using Microsoft Office 2010 and meets the demand for the most up-to-date skills on the latest Microsoft technologies. Candidates who pass a certification exam show that they can meet globally recognized performance standards. Earned by completion of a competency based test. $89 each Adds industry level validation of the rigor of our program and proven performance and ability of our students.
Potentially could be an option for acquiring college/tech college level credit.
 
Adds another credential to a student's employment portfolio that can be shared with a potential employer during job interviews as proof of abilities.
Adobe Certified Associate (ACA)
Adobe Certified Associate demonstrates basic, entry-level skills with Adobe digital media software:
 
Visual Communication with Adobe Photoshop
The Visual Communication with Adobe® Photoshop® exam validates entry-level skills in communication corresponding to Adobe Photoshop software.
 
Web Communication with Adobe Dreamweaver
The Web Communication with Adobe Dreamweaver® exam validates entry-level skills in communication corresponding to Adobe Dreamweaver software.
 
Rich Media Communication with Adobe Flash
The Rich Media Communication with Adobe Flash® Professional exam validates entry-level skills in communication corresponding to Adobe Flash Professional software.
 
Video Communication with Adobe Premiere Pro
The Video Communication with Adobe Premiere® Pro exam validates entry-level skills in communication corresponding to Adobe Premiere Pro software.
Earned by completion of a competency based test that includes the demonstration of software based skills as well as job field and topic specific knowledge. $75 each  Same as above  Same as above
Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) demonstrates advanced, professional-level skills with a wide range of Adobe software. ACE certification is recognized worldwide as a standard for Adobe software expertise.
An Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) is a person who has demonstrated a professional level in proficiency with one or more Adobe software products. To become an ACE, you must pass one or more product-specific proficiency exams and agree to the ACE terms and conditions.   Same as above Same as above.  Also, proves a higher level of expertise with the entire Adobe suite rather than just a specific piece of software within it.
Intuit Quickbooks Certified User

QuickBooks certification validates essential knowledge for an entry-level accounting career. Developed with the intent to demonstrate proficiency as a capstone to coursework or training, the exam can be easily administered on-site or at a local Certiport® testing center.

Earned by completion of a competency based test that includes objective and performance tests. $149 with free retake and 3 practice tests Adds industry level validation of the rigor of our program and proven performance and ability of our students.
Adds another credential to a student's employment portfolio that can be shared with a potential employer during job interviews as proof of abilities.
 IC3

The Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®) provides students and job-seekers with the foundation of knowledge they need to succeed in environments that require the use of computers and the Internet. The Global Standard 3 is an internationally recognized standard for digital literacy and reflects the most relevant skills needed in today's academic and business environments.

In an increasingly digital world, where virtually every field and function is impacted by computers, IC³ certification can help you refine your aptitude in the most important and valuable areas. What's more, IC³ helps teachers and instructors define their students' proficiency and marketable skills as they enter the workforce.

Earned by completion of a competency based test that includes the demonstration of software based skills as well as digital literacy related knowledge. $33
Provides validation of basic digital literacy for all students.
Could be used to demonstrate acheivement of digital literacy requirement for graduation.
CompTIA A+ CompTIA A+ certification validates foundation-level knowledge and skills necessary for a career in PC support. It is the starting point for a career. The international, vendor-neutral certification proves competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. Earned by completion of a competency based test that includes the demonstration of software based skills as well as digital literacy related knowledge. $173 for non-members.  Anyone know the price for members? Adds industry level validation of the rigor of our program and proven performance and ability of our students. Provides evidence of competence for PC support technicians.
Cisco IT Essentials IT Essentials provides an overview of computer fundamentals and an introduction to advanced concepts. Earned by completion of coursework and testing through a program of study created by CISCO. free after district employee earns certification
Provides high quality training for students in an area of demand (PC support). 
 
Benefit for districts is that the program is completely free after a teacher gets certified.  The entire program can be easily implemented at very little cost to a district.
Provides a student with enough training and skill to pass the CompTIA A+ certification exam(s).
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) The Cisco CCNA certification for network associates validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-sized routed and switched networks, and implement and verify connections to remote sites in a wide-area network (WAN).   $150-$200 Depending on test level.    
Cisco CCENT The Cisco CCENT certification for entry network technicians validates the ability to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network and perform basic network security tasks.        
National Occupational Competency Testing Institute( NOCTI)

http://www.askinstitute.org/
The A*S*K Business Institute provides an industry-based certificate program based on extensive research of industry practice and formal validation by business practitioners. Each A*S*K certificate is based on well-documented performance indicators that define skills and requisite knowledge required for success in the business community.
The following certification exams are currently available:
  • Fundamental Business Concepts
  • Fundamental Marketing Concepts
  • Entrepreneurship/Management
  • Finance
Earned by completion of a competency based test that includes objective and performance tests. $22 Adds industry level validation of the rigor of our program and proven performance and ability of our students.
Adds another credential to a student's employment portfolio that can be shared with a potential employer during job interviews as proof of abilities.                        
                     
Additional Ideas from the State of Virginia CTE site:
 
 
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Scott Christy,
Jan 16, 2012, 8:39 AM
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